Libya not yet removed from terror list

April 30, 2004 at 12:25 PM
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WASHINGTON, April 30 (UPI) -- The United States has not yet removed Libya from its list of states that sponsor terrorism despite a dramatic improvement in bilateral relations.

The Libyans still have to convince the United States they have "no continued links" to terrorism before they can be removed from the list, said Ambassador Cofer Black, the State Department's counter-terrorism chief.

Earlier this week, officials in Tripoli had said they hoped the U.S. administration would delete Libya from the roster of states that sponsor terror.

Relations between the United States and Libya have improved considerably since Tripoli gave up its weapons of mass destruction and allowed international inspection of its weapons sites.

The State Department announced earlier it would open a diplomatic liaison office in Tripoli and may also allow Libya to have a diplomatic presence in Washington.

Black acknowledged the Libyans had "come a long way" in renouncing terrorism but said, there were "some outstanding issues" with the Libyans that "we will need to resolve" before removing them from the list.

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